Will Guatemala-Mexico Freight Train Be Reactivated?

The long-awaited railway connection between the two countries depends on the rehabilitation of the Doctor Rodolfo Robles bridge in Ayutla, San Marcos, which would be done this year.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

According to the Guatemalan Ministry of Communications, under current conditions the bridge cannot support the load of a locomotive and using that section would be a high risk.

See "Guatemala - Mexico Freight Train Project Postponed"

Because of this, the government plans to invest about $3.3 million in the work focused on strengthening the bases of the structure, works that will be tendered in a contest expected to be published in late April and would be awarded during the next three or four months. However, this investment corresponds to 50% of Guatemala's side, so Mexico will have to do the same with the other percentage in its territory.

Regarding other complementary works for the operation of the railway connection, Luis Fernando Villatoro Shack, administered by Ferrovías de Guatemala (FDG), told Prensalibre.com that "... there is a progress close to 90% in the area where the dry port Tecún Umán will operate, which in turn will be a fiscal complex and from where goods will embark or disembark both those going north and those entering the region."

Villatoro added that "... the construction of a new warehouse is about to be completed, as well as the installation of a platform (a cement platform for maneuvering loads), where the railway terminal would operate. These works would be completed no later than May."

The initial idea proposed from 2015 is that the Mexican train known as "La Bestia", enters Guatemalan soil through Tecún Umán, where it will receive cargo to be transported from Central America to Mexico and the United States.

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